Adult Faith Formation Opportunities
Father, your truth is made known in your Word. Guide us to seek the truth of the human person. Teach us the way to love because you are Love. Jesus, you embody Love and Truth. Help us to recognize your face in the poor. Enable us to live out our vocation to bring love and justice to your people. Holy Spirit, you inspire us to transform our world. Empower us to seek the common good for all persons. Give us a spirit of solidarity and make us one human family. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fall of 2020
“The great sacraments of the Church are true encounters with Christ. Through the seven sacraments of the Church, Jesus is present. The sacraments have endured for thousands of years and blessed countless lives. Everything in the Church’s life comes from and returns to them.
Bishop Barron presents lively talks on the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist), the sacraments of healing (Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick), and finally, the sacraments of vocation or mission (Matrimony and Holy Orders).”
Because of the pandemic, this series will be offered on six Tuesday evenings for about 35 minutes each. The session length allows for a brief period of prayer before watching the DVD episode each evening. Chairs for attendees will be placed at a distance apart, all will be asks to wear masks, and we will not gather around tables for small group discussion. For those who attend, you may purchase a study guide if you’d like to be able to have the additional text summaries for each episode and discussion questions to perhaps work thru by yourself, with your spouse, or a friend via telephone or Zoom.
Sessions will be held in the Spirit Center – Tuesday evenings beginning at 6.30 pm
Tuesday: 22 September; 6 and 20 October; 3, 10 and 24 November
Filmed on location in the Holy Land, No Greater Love is a five-part video series and full-length book that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. Best-selling author Edward Sri guides you through the last hours of Christ’s life in this biblical pilgrimage.
While taking this study or reading this book, you will walk step-by-step with Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Mount of Calvary.
Every step of the way, biblical experts reveal how Old Testament prophecies, messianic expectations, biblical symbolism, and historical context shed light on the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death.
With these insights, Catholics can come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love—drawing closer to Jesus than ever have before.
Authored and presented by Edward Sri, No Greater Love also features: Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jeff Cavins, Jennifer Fulwiler, Curtis Martin, Teresa Tomeo, Fr. Josh Johnson, and Elizabeth Sri.
In this study, Catholics discover…
– The Biblical background to each scene in Christ’s passion.
– What was Jesus going through at each moment?
– How did the Old Testament foretell of Christ’s death?
– Why did Christ die for us? What did it accomplish?
– What was the meaning behind of the tearing of the temple veil, the crowning with thorns, and other events during Christ’s Passion?
Edward Sri also unpacks commonly misunderstood sayings of Jesus, such as…
– “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass?”—Was Jesus thinking of backing out at the last minute?
– “My God, my God why have you abandoned me?”—Was Jesus really abandoned by the Father on the cross?
– “You have said so.”—What does that mean?
Most of all, Catholics who take this study will encounter God’s love to the fullest.
Pope Benedict XVI invites us to think of the Passion, not just as suffering, but also as the passion of a lover. For in the cross, we see God fully revealed as “a lover with all the passion of a true love”.
Jesus doesn’t want our applause. He wants our hearts. Are you ready to draw closer to Jesus in his passion than you ever have before?
Tuesday Evenings in the Spirit Center
From 6.30 – 8.00 pm
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Tuesday, 3 March 2020
Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Workbook Cost: $28.00
Registration Due to Parish Office by Noon on Monday, 3 February 2020
An Answer to the Question: “What Must We Do to Be Saved?”
The most important question a Christian can ask is: “What must we do to be saved?” Paul’s letter to the Galatians provides the answer and reveals the merciful love God the Father has for His children. The Galatians: Set Free to Live study speaks of the extraordinary gift of salvation Jesus has won for us and explains how we can unite ourselves to Christ’s redeeming Sacrifice through faith and love.
In this 8-session program, presenter Jeff Cavins explains how Christ fulfilled the Law and set us free to live in the Spirit. Learn what “justification” means and how faith and works are an integral part of it. Discover how we become heirs to the promises and blessings of Christ through faith.
Tuesday Evenings in the Spirit Center
From 6.30 – 8.00 pm
Tuesday, 17 September: Introduction
Tuesday, 24 September: Galatians 1
Tuesday, 1 October: Galatians 2
Tuesday, 8 October: Galatians 3
Tuesday, 22 October: Galatians 3
Tuesday, 29 October: Galatians 4
Tuesday, 5 November: Galatians 5
Tuesday, 12 November: Galatians 6
Registrations & Payment due by Wednesday, 28 August 2019.
SUMMER of 2019
In August we will return to our beautified and renewed church where we worship God… do something for your own renewal of worship!
Join us this Summer for a 6-part DVD series with Bishop Barron and allow your worship of God to be transformed through insights on this worlds most privileged encounter with our Lord in the celebration of the Mass!
See how the holy Mass brings us out of the fallen world and into the heavenly realm, how it resonates with a call from God and a response from His people, the Church, and, most importantly, how we are intimately joined with the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus through the Holy Eucharist.
The Mass series will help you understand how to fully, consciously, and actively participate in the source and summit of the Christian life of worship.
Monday Evenings in the Spirit Center
From 7.00 pm until 8.30 pm
Monday, 24 June: A Privileged Encounter
Monday, 1 July: Called out of the World
Monday, 8 July: God Speaks our Story
Monday, 15 July: Responding to God
Monday, 22 July: Preparing for Sacrifice
Monday, 29 July: The Real Presence
Please register by Monday, 3 June at 12 noon and kindly submit $27.00 to cover the cost of the Study Workbook.
You’ll be notified when the workbooks arrive so you can pick yours up from the parish office and do a little reading in preparation for the first session. If the cost is a challenge for you, please contact Brian McCauley before 3 June.
A Series on Sacred Architecture
Presented by: Mr. William Heyer, Architect
This lecture series will explore the origins and growth of Catholic architecture through the ages and the language and expression of Christian architecture. The timeless nature of sacred architecture finds its roots in our human desire to be part of something greater than ourselves. Christian architecture reveals that “something greater” to the world and shows our desire to express true reverence to our Creator. We will explore how this was accomplished in ancient times and even in our own Diocese.
Thursday, 10 January at 7 pm (Spirit Center): Understanding Sacred Architecture looking at ancient classical buildings through the Renaissance and how those sacred buildings influenced our own churches today. The rules of ancient classical architecture were thoughtful and revelatory: they sought to express in sacred buildings the Good, True, and Beautiful with Strength, Economy, and Delight. Many of these rules continue in our churches to this day.
Thursday, 17 January at 7 pm (Spirit Center): Understanding Sacred Architecture looking at medieval cathedrals through the 20th century and how those sacred buildings influenced our own churches today. Monastic learning, Thomas Aquinas, and medieval philosophy all had an incredible influence of our understanding of the world and what buildings mean for our experiences here on earth. This influence is still present in our understanding of how churches can be built and made more beautiful.
Thursday, 24 January at 7 pm (Spirit Center): Understanding Sacred Architecture looking at contemporary churches—the good and the bad—and understanding how we have been steered away from timeless sacred architecture principles in some cases and how we otherwise have strived for a continuity with our Catholic identity using new forms and techniques of building. These lessons are important for providing meaningful churches for our children and future generations of American Catholics.
William Heyer has been the sacred architect who has guided and crafted the plan for the beautification of our historic parish church to begin in January of 2019.
About Mr. William Heyer
William Heyer has twenty-five years experience building traditional and classical architecture. From historic renovation work, to new churches, residences, additions and furniture, his knowledge and skills in the classical language for contemporary architecture form the foundation for his practice. Additionally, he has been the architect who has guided our historic church’s beautification plan in preparation for our parish’s bicentennial.
Director of Religious Education